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Basildon group welcomes Paul Hick as a new member.
Well I managed to do it again. On Saturday 1 August my team and I, as the royals say, took part in the London Triathlon 2009. For a second year running the team was planned to be swim 1,500 metres Ann Tilman, cycle Sam Dent 40 km and run Ingrid Newman 10 km. Unfortunately for the second year running Sam was ill (I breed them wimpy) so at the last minute Taz substituted for Sam again.
Ann Tilman of Timan & Co is a member of our Bishops Stortford group. She has just completed a swim of 1500 metres in the cold waters of Queen Victoria dock in London as part of a Triathlon team. Read how she attemps to beat last years time. Her story follows...
Every six months the posts of Group Chair & Secretary are chosen. This starts with members nominations.
Softlink Solutions received a call from a Spanish gentleman called Jeronimo, back in the March last year. He asked that they visit their company to network together 4 laptops to a large printer at Beckton Sewage works.Â Â
WITH redundancy on the rise, more and more people are taking the opportunity to launch their own businesses.
But, with most having been in secure employment for years, knowing where to start can often be the biggest challenge.
Business networking group Select Network holds weekly meetings across Essex and Hertfordshire to forge relationships between business leaders to enable them to share business leads and support each other through the ups and downs of business.
Select Network has launched a marketing campaign in an effort to draw in new members.
As more and more people face redundancy, new businesses are springing up as people attempt to go it alone.
With breakfast tables full of professionals with a wealth of experience in all fields, Select can offer these new-start businesses support and guidance - as well as services including accountancy, legal advice, business cards and brochures, office equipment, website design, IT support and coaching.
Each of these newcomers to business can offer Select's members new streams of work, as well as bringing their own skills and contacts to benefit members.
Softlink Solutions Ltd Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program
Softlink Solutions Ltd Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency in Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Information Worker Solutions, and Small Business Specialist
Softlink Solutions Ltd today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Information Worker Solutions, and Small Business Specialist, recognising Softlink Solutions expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Softlink Solutions has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.
"We could see that the general SME market had the growth potential and they wanted to bring what were often seen as 'corporate' systems within their reach," says Eddy Trivett, Managing Director.
Use the experts around you! Each week you're surrounded by experts in their chosen field, who are only too willing to offer free and impartial advice to fellow members wherever possible.
By Rebecca Thomas of Atwells Solicitors
When setting up a new business the thing that often gets thought of last, yet are the most important to establish, are the terms on which that business plans to trade upon. This vital element of running a business often only gets considered when a dispute has arisen.
By Ismael van der Schyff of Nsquared Creations Ltd
I would like to inform the Executive Committee and everyone at Select Network of a recent Successful Business Venture. As I have only just joined Select Network I feel it necessary for everyone to understand how it was that Select Network became such a powerful resource in the success of this venture.
By Simon Bell of SJB & CoÂ
There were a number of headline catching measures for individuals which will increase taxes principally for higher earners and little of great benefit for small businesses and their owners. We outline below the key measures for individuals and businesses, some of which will have immediate effect, others are deferred until next year or the year after.
Two Select members have demonstrated the benefits of networking, by working together to launch a new web site.
With immediate effect Mark One Mortgage Consultants, a member of the Chelmsford group has changed its name to Mark One Financial Services.
SMP Consultancy LtdÂ is proud to announce the launch of theÂ new Accessibility Business Mark Â®â„¢ .
Fast Track 100 - in the 2 years to the end of 2008 Hotel Chocolat was the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 fastest growing company with 225% compounded growth over that period.Â
KashflowÂ is a complete accounting system for SMEs.Â It's web-based, so it's available anywhere, and issues like backups, multiple usersÂ and upgrades are all taken care of.
Know someone just starting up in business? With over 20,000 new business startups in December alone, you probably do!
Want to know what the FSB is doing for small businesses?
If you are having trouble with cash flow and struggling to pay the Inland Revenue then be brave and approach them BEFORE they chase you.
Don't rely on just the one network - spread your time across a number of networking functions to maximise your exposure and that of your fellow networkers.
Well all the speculation is at an end and we are delighted to confirm the Executives elected are as follows:-
Chelmsford group welcomed a new member this week.
Rebecca Thomas of Attwells Solicitors announced to the Colchester Group her engagement to Sean Smith.
Colchest had their first social evening in order to celebrate Christmas last Thursday Evening.
Select Network wishes you a happy and prosperous 2009.
Select Network would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2009
Renewing members are to receive an extra thank you from today.
Select network are creating guest packs to be given to guests that attend select meetings. These will contain information about Select and any group they have visited. The guest packs will also contain a card holder which carries all of our members cards.
Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves. In around 20% of all burglaries, they don't even have to use force. They enter through an open door or window.
Select Basildon member Trevor Costa of Keylox offers some good advice.
We welcome Nigel of OffSite Digital to our Colchester group
A warm welcome to Romford's newest member, Paul Wilson-Smith.
Chelmsford group held a guest day last week which was very successful. How do we measure sucess?
Is your business part of the action?
The Federation of Small Businesses has entered into an arrangement with Leonard Cheshire Disability, an organisation supporting disabled people in the UK.
Well done to Ann Tilman of Tilman + Co for swiming 1500 Meters in Royal Albert Doc on Saturday 9th August. Ann has raised more than £1,100 for the Essex Air Ambulance. We are all very proud of her.
This is the week that the votes will be taken to elect the Chair & Secretary of each Select Group.
Nominations are now closed and we await the outcome of this week with considerable interest.
This month the various select groups will be choosing who will hold the positions within the groups of Group Chair & Secretary.
In order to stand, a candadate must have been a Select Member for 6 months. This is to ensure the smooth operation and standards of Select meetings continues at the high level the memberhip have come to expect.
A warm welcome to latest Select Member David Amos of Go Train.
David has been accepted as a new member of the Bishops Stortford Group.
Welcome to Andy Walker of WalkerReed who joins the Basildon Select Group. 01245 474098
Welcome to Chris Jarred of JWW Solutions who is a new member to the Romford Select Group and Dave Parish of Cartel Client Review who joins the Chelmsford Select Group & our youngest honorary member Blake Peal-Shankar born on Sunday 22nd June!
Well we did it folks. Welcome to the new Select Network Web Site.
We hope our members agree this has been done sooner than many expected as the organisation started officially on 1st March 2008. Our holding page is gone. Now our new site, which we have been working on since April, has finally made it to the public domain.
Special thanks to Garry Mumford of Insight Associates for his time serving as Chairman to the Stortford Select Group. Garry did an outstanding job through what was a very difficult time for us all and Select would like it on record that we are delighted to have Garry as a member.
The Annual Select Network Black Tie Charity Ball will take place on Saturday 6th September 2008.
We have some fantastic entertainment lined up for this years event.
THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT! Call 08450 76 77 80 if you would like to be placed on a cancelation list.
There will be two live singers, one of whom is a former member of Sole 2 Sole (Number 1 Sole band from the 80'S) Close up Magicians and a Deejay. There will also be an auction of some superb prizes (just a few items) as well as a Guest Speaker.
So go on ladies, buy that posh frock and go for it. Gentlemen - there will be a bar and a dance floor and no one will escape it!
With expected numbers of around 180 people this will be the Essex Society Ball of the year. Ticket Price is £60.00
The venue is Waterfront Place, Chelmsford and arrival is at 7.00pm for 3 Course Dinner at 7.30pm.
Sponsorship opportunities also available with all proceeds going to this year's Selected Charity which is the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The recent Guest Evening held by our Basildon group was a great success, with guests and members enjoying an evening of networking, food and fine ales. A special thank you to Mike Huggett of Cura (07950 393095) who provided the Ale Sampling. His knowledge of Ales was impressive and it was good to see what goes into producing such fine produce.
We will definitely host another of these evenings in October as it made a nice change to the normal meeting. There's nothing like Ale for relaxing people and allowing the networking to flow.